Karen Middleton
is The Saturday Paper’s chief political correspondent.

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News May 16, 2020

Parliament bypassed for Covid-19 legislation

Even Coalition MPs are calling for increased scrutiny of legislation rushed through in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

News May 16, 2020

Dutton pushing for new ASIO powers

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton seeks to allow the agency to plant surveillance devices with no warrant, among a raft of sweeping changes.

News May 09, 2020

What happened with the Ruby Princess

As five separate inquiries examine how the ship became Australia’s largest source of Covid-19 deaths, the messy arrangements at our borders are now under intense scrutiny.

News May 02, 2020

How the COVIDSafe data could be used

While the government has been at pains to address privacy concerns about the COVIDSafe app, cybersecurity analysts believe the data could be mined for other uses.

News April 25, 2020

Australia pushes for global inquiry into outbreak

While Australia’s calls for an investigation into China’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak may not have helped relations with the powerhouse nation, they could prove a welcome move among Indo–Pacific neighbours.

News April 18, 2020

Opposition tactics in a pandemic

Working with the government to deliver the Covid-19 economic stimulus package has forced the opposition to consider a change of tactics.

News April 11, 2020

The other holes in Australia’s quarantine

As a police probe begins into the Ruby Princess, details emerge about other gaps in Australia’s quarantine response, including the use of isolation declaration cards.

News April 04, 2020

Treasury’s plan for a new economy

As Scott Morrison unveils the largest spending measures in the country’s history, officials inside Treasury are drafting plans for an entirely new economy.

News March 28, 2020

Covid-19: Next few days will decide outcome

As the government suspends parliament until August to deal with the outbreak, key advisers say the next week is critical in controlling the spread.